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OKC Thunder: Luguentz Dort 'clearly someone we want to have with us'

The Thunder had a looming decision to make in March with rookie guard Luguentz Dort. 

But then the season stopped, and so did the timer that was counting down the 45 days that Dort is allowed to spend with the Thunder as a two-way contract player

Dort, a stout defender who made 21 consecutive starts for the team, would either have his two-way contract converted into a standard NBA deal, or he could've reached a long-term agreement with the Thunder. 

As it stood, two-way players were not eligible to play in the postseason. 

But that could change. Multiple reports suggest that two-way players might be added to playoff rosters this season given the risk of injury and players contracting COVID-19 even in a bubble environment in Orlando. 

"We're awaiting some clarity on that," Thunder general manager Sam Presti said Sunday on a conference call. "We don't have it yet officially. Obviously there are still conversations taking place between the Players Association and the league. Those things have to be finalized, but clearly that's something that we're focused on to try to learn and interpret." 

Presti was asked if the Thunder intended to sign Dort to a standard NBA contract if the season had proceeded as usual. 

"Certainly we were gonna look at all ways to figure that out, but obviously we didn't get to that point," Presti said. "Now we just have to see what the options are and then make our best decision. But he's clearly someone that we want to have with us going forward. That would be my expectation. That would be my hope." 

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Oklahoma City's Luguentz Dort (5) celebrates a dunk in front of Denver's Will Barton during the NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Denver Nuggets at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City,  Friday, Feb. 21, 2020.  [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]

Oklahoma City's Luguentz Dort (5) celebrates a dunk in front of Denver's Will Barton during the NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Denver Nuggets at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Friday, Feb. 21, 2020. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]

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Joe Mussatto

Joe Mussatto joined The Oklahoman in August 2018 to cover OU football, men’s basketball and softball. He previously covered University of Kentucky football and basketball for SEC Country. Mussatto is from Oklahoma City and lives in Norman. Read more ›

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